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Comment Re:Laws have become horribly, horribly complex (Score 1) 270

I probably did the same, to be fair. The problem is that a lot of people have attitudes like the one I was (erroneously) replying to, and it gets old. Females are frequently, even in this day and age, objectified and made to feel like they only exist for male companionship (or worse, as objects for men to stare at), so it was easy to mistake what you said as being more of the same.

Nevertheless, thanks for apologising, and for the clarification - it means a lot to know that people do exist on Slashdot who care. :)

Comment Re:Ext3 (Score 1) 484

I certainly agree about ntfs-3g - I use it too. (I dual-boot, and having access to both types of partitions from both OSes is a lifesaver.) I have absolutely no problems with ntfs-3g either and would recommend it wholeheartedly.

I actually didn't know that ext3 now defaulted to 256-byte inodes; my mistake on that one. I hope IFS is extended to allow for that size soon.

Comment Re:Ext3 (Score 5, Informative) 484

Sure, there's an Ext3 driver for windows, but from what I've seen it's not that good.

Which particular driver are you referring to? There are a few.

Personally, I use Ext2 IFS in Windows (it works for Ext3 too) and it is, hands-down, the stablest and best Ext2/3 Windows driver I've used. Every other one I've tried would have stability issues; with IFS I don't have to worry. (There's been precisely *one* time in pretty much years that the driver crashed on me, and that's when I was doing something weird and stupid; I don't remember what. But more importantly, it didn't do anything bad to the filesystem in that crash.)

Comment Re:Not mutually exclusive. (Score 1) 769

Teaching someone to fish is all well and good, but if they don't manage to eat in the meantime, it's not really going to work.

Don't forget, LMGTFY is still sarcastic in its presentation. The problem is not knowing *how* to use Google - it's pretty obvious that you type text in a box and click the button, and sarcastically asking "Was that so hard?" is going to put people off. The problem is knowing what words to use, and sometimes that's *not* obvious to people. It may well be obvious to you and me, but if someone is at the command line of Linux and needs help, they may well enter "Linux help" in Google rather than being more specific. As such, the resources they get will be quite generic and will probably not answer their question.

Comment Re:Not mutually exclusive. (Score 1) 769

If you're already in a commandline environment, man makes sense...

I don't know about you, but if I were new to Linux, 'man' wouldn't exactly be the first command I'd think of if I wanted help. Rather, the first command I would think of would be 'help'. But, of course, that just gives you the help for your shell - which, btw, doesn't really help at all if you do the obvious and use no arguments, just giving a list of builtin commands and their usage.

Using anything other than 'help' for help violates the rule of least surprise.

...and Google makes sense as a way to find out about man.

So the first thing you say to a newbie command-line user needing help is 'JFGI'? No wonder people don't like it.

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